Instant Sergeant

U.S. Army Sergeant stripes atop Republic of Vietnam flagDear Mom and Dad

Yesterday I sent you a copy of my five orders. I had just received them, now your little baby is a sergeant in the U.S. Army. I was sure glad to make it. Since I’ve been here I’ve received an Air Medal for making so many combat assaults, a Combat Infantry Badge, and a case of the nerves, but that’s all in the game.

Excerpt from a letter home dated: 25 April 1968

Former ‘Slick-sleeve’, He’s Now ‘Instant Sergeant’

By SP4 Herb Denton, article was featured in Cavalair (newspaper about the 1st Air Cavalry Division), Vol. 2, No. 57 and printed on December 27, 1967

When Charlie Cox Jr., arrived at the 1st Air Cavalry Division Continue reading

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Camp Radcliffe, Vietnam

Vietnam soldier holding coca-cola at Camp Radcliff

Dear Mom & Dad,

Well here I am at Camp Radcliffe (it’s our base camp) near An Khe. It’s been raining almost all the time that I’ve been here. The rain stops as fast as it starts but after a hot day it feels good to have that cold water on you.

I arrived at Bien Hoa on Tuesday at the 90th Replacement. There I stayed for two days then we flew to An Khe to the First Cavalry Replacement where I waited for more orders. It took about 2 days for those orders. I’m in Co. B, 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry, which is part of Continue reading

R&R and fishing trips

Vietnam soldier by bunkerDear Mom and Dad,

Not much news but I thought I’d drop you a line to tell you everything is fine.

Well I made machine gunner for sure now, that’s all right with me. I sure lucked out for one thing in order to be gunner you start out as ammo bearer then asst gunner then gunner. As gunner you don’t have to dig fox holes or go on details instead you send one of the other two men. Continue reading

3 Aug 1967

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well I am sorry I haven’t written before but we’ve all been so tired.  They have had us marching day and night for some time without hardly any rest so every time I’ve had a chance I’ve just slept. Well now they’ve got us guarding a Engs. which they tear down villages in An Lao Vally.  That’s an easy job because all you do each time they go to a village is surround it and protect them while they work.  Continue reading